Lenovo's new ThinkPad Z13 features a woven Flax cover made from plant fibers

Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 flax
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What you need to know

  • Lenovo just announced the ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 and ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 at Mobile World Congress.
  • The laptops run on AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Processors and AMD Radeon 700M Series graphics.
  • The ThinkPad Z13 has an optional cover made from Flax, which is made by harvesting plant fibers.
  • The ThinkPad Z13 is expected to cost $1,249 and launch in July while the ThinkPad Z16 will launch in August with a starting price of $1,749.

Lenovo unveiled several new laptops and devices today, many featuring the latest internals. But The ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 is unique due to its externals. The laptop features an optional top cover with woven Flax material made by harvesting plant fibers.

Windows Central first reported on Lenovo's early concepts of using natural materials in its Z-series laptops last year. 

The new ThinkPad Z13 was announced alongside its larger sibling, the ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2. Both laptops feature AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processors and AMD Radeon 700M Series graphics. They're also configurable with up to 64GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage.

Lenovo highlights the specs inside the laptops, such as Wi-Fi 6E and Dolby Voice microphones, but the company also noted the unique material of the PC's top cover.

The woven Flax fibers are bonded to a 75% recycled aluminum top cover. The result is a cover that looks and feels different from other devices. The device's color isn't standard either, as the unique finish creates a specific shade of brown.

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Header Cell - Column 0 ThinkCentre TIO Gen 5 (22-inch)ThinkCentre TIO Gen 5 (24-inch)
Panel21.5” IPS, 16:9, Touch option, Natural Low Blue Light23.8” IPS, 16:9, Touch option, Natural Low Blue Light
Screen Dimensions484.5 mm x 284.5 mm535 mm x 313 mm
WeightUnpacked: 5.7 kg (12.6 lbs) Monitor Head Only: 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs)Unpacked: 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs) Monitor Head Only: 4 kg (8.8 lbs)
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Response Time4ms (Extreme Model) 6ms (Normal Mode4ms (Extreme Model) 6ms (Normal Mode
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz
BrightnessTouch: 225 cd/m2 Non-Touch: 250 cd/m2Touch: 225 cd/m2 Non-Touch: 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:11000:2
Color Gamut99% sRGB99% sRGB
Ports1 x HDMI 1.4 1 x DP 1.2 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type B1 x HDMI 1.4 1 x DP 1.2 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type B
Camera & Microphone1 x Integrated webcam (1080, RGB) 1 x Integrated microphone2 x Integrated webcam (1080, RGB) 1 x Integrated microphone
Audio2 x 3W integrated speakers3 x 3W integrated speakers
SoftwareLenovo ThinkColour (Lenovo Display Control Center)Lenovo ThinkColour (Lenovo Display Control Center)

Moving to the inside of the laptop, the new ThinkPads have haptic touchpads, which our Editor-in-Chief Daniel Rubino covered in depth. The Z13 and Z16 are the first all-Sensel technology touchpads, meaning they feature Sensel tech for touch-sensing, force-sensing, and haptics.

These touchpads have several advantages, including removing moving parts from the equation. They're also thinner, meaning PC makers can pack more components in laptops using the space usually reserved for mechanical touchpads.

The ThinkPad Z13 and ThinkPad Z16 launch in July and August, respectively. The smaller ThinkPad Z13 will start at $1,249 while the ThinkPad Z16 will cost $1,749.

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